Sunday, January 31, 2016


SEPTA 206 was built by Brill as Philadelphia & Western 206 in 1931. This "bullet" car was later converted to brine use, and was ultimately retired in 1995. It is currently sitting outside the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Elm Park Methodist Church

The Elm Park Methodist Church at Jefferson & Linden, built in 1893.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Uptown Shooting

A berserk man went on a rampage on the afternoon of Thursday, January 29, 1953 in the 105-Euclid area before being killed by Inspector Mike Blackwell in the Coral Room of the Fenway Hall Hotel.

Above, all from The Plain Dealer, January 30, 1953.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mears Building

The Mears Building at North Washington & Spruce.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Harrison Avenue Bridge Project

A few views of the ongoing Harrison Avenue Bridge replacement project, from a couple weeks ago.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reading 2124

A couple views of Reading 2124 from last week.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Scranton Life

The Scranton Life building on Spruce Street.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sand Tower

The sand tower at Steamtown yard, last Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Susquehanna Snowplow

NYS&W 92 at Binghamton last June 3.

Canadian National 47

Canadian national 47 at Steamtown last Sunday afternoon.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Loew's Park Theatre

Today is the 95th anniversary of the opening of Loew's Park Theatre at 10209 Euclid Avenue in the Uptown Theatre District. The Park was designed by Thomas Lamb, who also did Loew's State at Playhouse Square which would open a few weeks later. During the 30's and 40's the park would usually day-and-date with Loew's Granada. Loew's sold the theatre to Associated Theatres in October 1954. The Park would close on November 10, 1957 and was later used as a church for a number of years. The theatre was vacant by the mid 1970's. In late 1976 my friend Russ Richards and I spent a couple nights poking around in here. The theatre was razed in the spring of 1981.
 Loew's Park ad, from the Plain Dealer, December 30, 1920.
From The Plain Dealer, January 23, 1921.
 From The Plain Dealer, January 23, 1921.
 From The Plain Dealer, January 23, 1921.
From The Plain Dealer, January 23, 1921.
From Motion Picture News, February 19, 1921.
From Exhibitors Herald, December 30, 1922.
From The Plain Dealer, October 16, 1921.
Prologue for Scrap Iron, from Exhibitor's Trade Review, November 5, 1921.
From The Film Daily, July 21, 1924.
A rather shocking incident, organist Lillian Tyler murdered, from Variety, April 1, 1925. More on this incident can be found here.
From Motion Picture News, September 18, 1926.
College amateur nights, from Motion Picture News, October 9, 1926.
From The Plain Dealer, April 15, 1928.
From The Plain Dealer, October 14, 1928.
 Crows in front of Loew's Park, August 1931, photographer unknown.
Garden arrangement in the lobby, from Motion Picture Herald, July 16, 1932.
From Box Office, February 5, 1938. Arnold Gates was a longtime Loew manager in the Cleveland area. He was later manager of Loew's Stillman and later Loew's Ohio.
Street ballyhoo, from Motion Picture Herald, July 26, 1941.
From Motion Picture Herald, April 11, 1942.
From Motion Picture Herald, September 26, 1942.
From Box Office, October 30, 1954.
The Park in the mid 1950's, photo from the Cinema Treasures.
From The Plain Dealer, November 10, 1957.
From Box Office, November 16, 1957.
Back of the auditorium, from Cinema Treasures.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Scranton Skyline

Scranton Skyline from the Harrison Avenue Bridge, from last Saturday morning.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shea's Buffalo Theatre

Above, from Motion Picture News, June 26, 1926. The vertical sign seen here has been restored.

The 3,498 seat Shea's Buffalo Theatre at 646 Main Street in downtown Buffalo opened 90 years ago last week, January 16, 1926. The theatre closed in the mid 1970's and a group of preservationists led by Curt Mangel worked to save the house. I visited this theatre a number of times in the mid to late 70's and always had a good time, saw a few great shows in here, La Bohème, B.B. King and a few others. Over the years the theatre has been meticulously restored. Today Shea's Buffalo is one of the finer venues in the country.
Grand Lobby from Motion Picture News, April 1, 1927.

Another view of the Grand Lobby, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Balcony side wall, from Motion Picture News, February 6, 1926.
Organ grill, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Proscenium, from Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926.
Above article from Exhibitor's Trade Review, May 30, 1925.
An early ad from Motion Picture News, November 18, 1927.